On Saturday, March 1, some of the area’s finest chefs will showcase their creativity for a good cause at Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Florida’s Appetite for the Arches fundraising event. This is a chef’s event with a twist— one that has a little something to do with the Golden Arches. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida finds, creates and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and families with their cornerstone program, the Ronald McDonald House, which provides a home away from home that offers comfort and care to families with children receiving treatment at local hospitals and medical facilities in Orlando.
There are two Ronald McDonald House locations in Orlando – one on the campus of Florida Hospital for Children at the corner of Princeton and Alden Road and the other on the campus of Arnold Palmer Medical Center on Kuhl Avenue. While there is no charge for our services, donations are greatly appreciated to ensure these services continue to be available for future guests. No family is ever turned away due to their inability to contribute, and the houses serve approximately 1,800 families each year.
Check out the video on WKMG of Chef Julie Petrakis and her dishes for the event:
Participating chefs will use McDonald’s® ingredients to create signature dishes for guests to sample as they mix and mingle at this free-flowing event.
This free-flowing event is from 7:00-10:00 p.m at the Orlando World Center Marriott. In addition to wonderful food, guests will enjoy:
-Unique silent and live auction items
-An opportunity to mix and mingle with friends
A Deconstructed BLT and Caramel Apple Bread Pudding created with McDonald’s® ingredients by James and Julie Petrakis of The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder.
Participating restaurants include:
· Blue Bird Bake Shop
· Cask & Larder
· Citrus Restaurant
· Cuisiniers Catering
· Eddie V’s
· K Restaurant
· LUMA on Park
· Orlando World Center Marriott
· SeaWorld Orlando
· The COOP
· The Ravenous Pig
· The Ritz-Carlton
· The Rusty Spoon
Julie Petrakis, who owns The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder with her husband James, has been on the planning committee for the event and rallied some of her friends to join her. “As chefs, we provide unique experiences and delicious meals for thousands of people every year. At this event, we can provide comfort food like no other — by helping Ronald McDonald House keep families together when they need it most.”
For additional information about Appetite for the Arches, please visit www.ronaldmcdonaldhouseorlando.org/events.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida finds, creates and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and families. The cornerstone program, the Ronald McDonald House®, provides a home away from home that offers comfort and care to families with children receiving treatment at local hospitals and medical facilities in Orlando. The two Ronald McDonald Houses in Orlando serve over 1,800 families each year.